How Do You Remove Band-Aid Adhesive From Skin?


Quick Answer

To remove Band-Aid and other adhesive residue from skin, rub the sticky areas with baby oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, rubbing alcohol or acetone (nail polish remover). If rubbing alcohol or acetone is used, lotion or cream should be applied afterwards as they are drying to skin.

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  1. Remove the bandage

    Proper removal can help reduce adhesive residue left behind on skin. Rub a little bit oil, such as baby oil, olive oil or vegetable oil, around the edges of the bandage prior to removal. Another method to reduce adhesive residue is to use a hair dryer to warm the area before removing the Band-Aid.

  2. Dampen a cotton ball with oil, rubbing alcohol or acetone

    Apply a small amount of the olive oil, vegetable oil, baby oil, rubbing alcohol or acetone to a cotton ball or soft cloth. Do not saturate the cotton.

  3. Rub on areas with adhesive residue

    Gently rub the sticky areas with the dampened cotton until the residue is removed.

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